His name is Nathan and he looks no worse for wear, but when you take a closer look you can see what he's been through.
Both sides of his neck have puncture wounds and marks where two coyotes attacked him.
It happened Sunday night on Galloping Hill Road in a heavily wooded section of Fairfield.
Alicia Genova's husband let Nathan out around 9:30.
The 7-year-old rat terrier ran out to the front lawn where the coyotes pounced in a matter of seconds.
Coyotes are not rare and do prey on small animals.
Even though they're afraid of people, Sunday's incident has residents concerned.
The coyotes have gotten so brazen; the Town of Fairfield is considering applying to the state DEP for trapping permits.
Experts caution trapping is just one solution.
Educating the public on how to scare the animals away is key.
In the meantime, Nathan is on antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and is getting a lot of TLC.
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